Salt Lake City, Utah

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  • Utah became a state January 4, 1896, the 45th state admitted to the Union.
  • Salt Lake City became state capital 1896
  • Settled: 1847
  • Name Origin: Originally named “Great Salt Lake City” due to proximity to the lake, “Great” was dropped in 1868

“This is the place,” were Brigham Young’s words when he chose this spot in the barren desert to settle. He and his followers experimented in farming, industry and society in this beautiful spot surrounded by mountains. Today’s well-planned, industrious city has 10-acre blocks and 132-foot wide tree-lined streets and is a center of the Mormon church. The famed Mormon Temple and Tabernacle are in Temple Square in the center of the city; the world’s largest genealogy library is here too.

The classic capitol building sits on a hill at the north end of town and has a commanding view of the city and the Wasatch mountains. Monuments and statues mark the trials the Mormon’s endured, such as the tribute to the seagulls who ate the crickets who were eating the crops.

Ski resorts dot the surrounding slopes, home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Great Salt Lake to the west is only 35 feet deep and is five times saltier than the ocean.

Key Words: Mormon, tabernacle, temple, Olympics, sea gull, choir, genealogy

Things To Love About Salt Lake City

The pride of place, the prettiness of everything, the hooked-on feeling for the arts and out of doors, the liveliness electric in the air, the mountains right outside the door.

Blogs To Read About Salt Lake City

I Wanna Go Fast

What Next! What Next?

The Scent Of May

Central Square

A Crowning Achievement

Prom Night


Since 1929

Ring Around The Collar

Going Backwards

Space Mountain

Integrity And Fortitude

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 186,440, 22nd largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,678 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 111.11 square miles
  • Elevation: 4,330 feet, 5th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 37/22, July 93/65. Annual rainfall: 16 inches
  • Time Zone: Mountain
  • Water near: Jordan River, Salt Lake
  • Mountains near: Wasatch Mountains, Oquirrh Mountains, Traverse Mountains. Kings Peak in the northeast part of the state is the highest point in Utah at 13,528 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Boise, ID 339; Cheyenne, WY 438; Helena, MT 476
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 2,087

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 186,440          Population
  • 22.5%              Under 18
  • 9.4%                Over 65
  • 4.4%                Asian
  • 2.7%                Black
  • 22.3%             Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.2%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 2.0%               Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65.6%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 27.2%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 86.0%             High School Graduate
  • 39.5%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 17.9%             Below Poverty Level
  • $26,700        Per Capita Income
  • $44,501         Median Household Income
  • $244,400      Median Value of Home
  • 48.6%             Home Ownership